Happy Monday to y’all! I’ve missed you guys ;). It’s been such a fun and busy summer with all these out of town trips and music festivals. One of the weekends was especially epic because I went to the Boogaloo Mountain Jam Festival in Lake Elsinore, CA. “Booga-what?” as some of you might be asking right now. The answer to that is it’s a “burn,” which is just one of the music festivals where you go to a very hot place, camp, drink, dance all-weekend long to some raw music, keep the spirit “burning” and eat jerky. Well, that’s if you’ve dismissed your health and what you’ve been working to maintain all this time. I happened to plan to continue my pursuit of health and happiness that weekend so I decided to pack some healthy camping food and limit my alcohol intake.
Today, I’m sharing a healthier way to pack food for camping and music festivals for when you let your inner hippie out. When camping out in the heat, you gotta think about keeping yourself hydrated. Good thing, there are a lot of fruits and veggies that do just that. Watermelon is a popular thirst quenching fruit on a summer day. It may also help quench the inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis. Celery is considered to be a powerful electrolyte food. Not only would it leave you feeling hydrated, it would also nourish your body with potassium, calcium, iron, zinc and sodium. Cantaloupe is a good fruit to pack as well as it tastes so good and it is full of diverse nutrients. Other kinds of foods you should be packing are granola which are lightweight and high in calories, coconut water for more hydration and maybe a jar of sauteed zucchini that you’d keep in the cooler. Thanks to my friend, Megan Stone, who introduced me to sauteed zucchini at the Coachella Music Festival a few months ago.
There’s plenty of summer left to let your inner hippie out. Just remember to keep that hippie healthy…and to put on your sunscreen.
CAMPING FOOD LIST
whole wheat bread
carrots and peas in aluminum foil
chicken sausage (hotdog alternative)
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
S’mores (sometimes you just gotta treat yourself ;)
lots of water
Happy Healthy Tip of the week:
Pack your snack.
Whether you’re going camping or just going to work, it’s good to pack a healthy snack to keep your blood sugar level balanced and to keep your energy high. And, for those of you who are trying to lose some weight, packing healthy snacks will definitely benefit you as it keeps you from craving and binging during a meal.
Hello my fellow hippies and hipsters, Firstly, I’d like to thank Ms. Valerie for extending this invitation to address her endeared followers. I, myself, have gotten down and dirty in the kitchen with some of those delicious recipes I keep seeing on the blog. Especially the baking (no pun intended). A fan favorite on 4/20 is always the famous pot brownie. There are a million different YouTube videos that all explain succinctly how to extract the THC from the actual marijuana leaves in melted butter. Some call for different amounts at different temperatures…I’ve tried them all and they all work. The key, however, is avoiding an overly potent brownie. Not only is it a waste of your precious plant, but also a waste of your more precious time. There’s nothing worse than stoning yourself beyond coherence. There’s no reason to use all the butter anyways. Save some in glass tupperware and refrigerate it so you can use some for later. The healthy tip that I want to leave you with is that when a recipe calls for weed butter, whether it’s for brownies, cookies, or your Sunday Hangover English Muffin, make sure to dilute it with a serving of normal butter. For example, if a recipe requires 3 tablespoons of butter, use 2 tablespoons of weed butter and 1 of normal. This is the 2:1 rule that has treated me well over the years. Not only does this give you a more mellow and manageable high , but you have more weed butter to last you longer. I have to finish typing this…the brownie is kicking in ;) Happy 4/20! -CM